Special teams; not so special
Sure there were some disappointing moments in the Redskins 31-16 loss to Dallas on Sunday night. What was that bizarre call with the referee running into the Skins coach on that disaster of a punt return for TD? Huh, he was called for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Who was this Dwayne Harris fellow who burned our so-called special teams not once but twice. He should have been exhausted after the first one.
So what did we learn about this 1-4 team of ours. I got some more uplifting news on the radio out here in Chicago. People are saying RG III is coming around.
I even called (at the local establishment) that draw play that Griffin ran close to a TD early.
OK, Griffin fumbled twice and that’s no good. The one near the Cowboys goal line was fatal. That interception he tossed late in the game was something you might spot at a high school game.
However, he looked good running the ball. That’s the kid we drafted so early last year. He can gobble up some yards.
And the big man behind Griffin? Alfred Morris? Yes, he was held in check by Dallas until he raced virtually untouched 45 yards into the end zone to pull the Skins within five points in the third quarter.
Are we glad to have kicker Kai Forbath back in the fold? The simple answer is yes. Sure he missed one but he made three more.
Our much maligned defense played reasonably well. Perry Riley made some plays. DeAngelo Hall still has it. And his favorite quarterback (Jay Cutler) is coming to town this week from Chicago. Yes, I was there when Cutler found Hall open for four receptions in a Skins win. Yes, four interceptions. Hall is not afraid to pop anyone on the opposing side.
I guess we sustained a few bumps and bruises along the way. Brian Kehl, a linebacker, departed with a sprained knee. And the improving David Amerson picked up the dreaded concussion.
In better news, the tight end, Jordan Reed, continues to impress. No, he’s not Jerry Smith just yet but he snared 4 catches for 58 yards. Roy Helu Jr. plays so hard and is fun to watch. He also caught 4 passes.
So can the Skins rebound and beat the visiting Bears this coming Sunday? Yes, they can if the offense can put up some points. And let’s not get beat on punt and kickoff coverage for the rest of the year. That’s downright embarassing.